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The Snow Princess Hardcover – October, 2004
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Grade 2-4–Inspired by the Russian ballet The Snow Maiden, Sanderson has written a fictional tale of the daughter of Father Frost and Mother Spring. Unmindful of her parents' warnings that she will become mortal if she loves a human, the Snow Princess goes off to learn the ways of people. When she falls in love with a young man and saves him from dying in a snowstorm that she has created, she willingly trades her immortality for love. Despite some dramatic fairy-tale elements, the story is not compelling. Also, there is some unevenness in the double-page oil paintings set in a wooded countryside in winter. Some feature small, sketchy illustrations of people in peasant costume, while a few show the Snow Princess and her young man in larger, realistic portraits that are obviously painted from models. This is not one of Sanderson's best efforts.–Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Sanderson's version of a Russian folktale is based on the Tchaikovsky opera-ballet The Snow Princess, which recasts the traditional story as a romance in which the daughter of Father Frost enters the human world and finds her icy heart warmed, to her parents' dismay, by a handsome youth. Sanderson's resplendent oils have a suitably chilly polish, and children will be transfixed by the characters' elaborate Byzantine costumes. Sanderson stays true to her source in every detail but one: in the opera the girl is as doomed as her folktale counterpart, but Sanderson allows her to forgo her immortality to stay with the man she loves. Jennifer Mattson
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The Snow Princess eventually comes upon a village where she befriends a young man called Sergei. Mindful of her parents' warning, the Snow Princess who calls herself Katia tries her best to remain indifferent but finds herself falling for the young man. What will become of her?
This is a lovely story that reminds me of classic fairy tales and the illustrations are beautiful with details that will make readers pore over the pictures. My kindergartner was as enthralled by the illustrations as she was by the story. This tale will delight both children and adults.
Ruth Sanderson could not have done a more fabulous job with THE SNOW PRINCESS. The lovely prose, and tale couldn't be more heartwarming, while the illustrations are utterly gorgeous, and look so real you may mistake them for actual photographs of real people. This is a book that should be read by all, as it will enchant you, and bring love into your heart. A must have!
Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
We know where this is going.
My only problem is that, while the guy is perfectly nice he is shown really earning her sacrafice. I think he should have done something for her besides get nearly frozen to death. (which wasn't even for her, it was for a lost sheep!)
Aside from my little character development problem, I love the illustrations and the story as a whole is very nice.